Spruce Up an Exterior

The advent of summer means all eyes will be on the outside of your home.

Exterior Doors
Exterior doors should be durable. Jeld-Wen makes models from wood that is treated to resist damage from termites and water, key maintenance concerns; French doors can be a clever way to let the outside in.

Garage Doors
That most suburban of the structural features – the garage – needn’t be furnished with a door reflective of its locale. Avante doors from Cloplay were first developed for commercial use, and have an urban and industrial bent as a result. It’s just the thing for low-slung ranch in need of a little Case Study cool.

Door Hardware
Hefty door fittings communicate a permanence that few other home accessories can mathc. The selection widely available today means that permanence doesn’t have to come courtesy of a glaring gargoyle or a clichéd lions head. Inspired by the American Arts and Crafts movement, the Craftsman series from Baldwin features simple designs cast in bronze.

Punctuate the façade with color. Paint the front door in a bold shade that contrasts with the rest of the house; make sure the finish is a high gloss.

(House Beautiful Magazine, June 2005 Issue)

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